You do not have to spend a fortune on smart bulbs just to bring voice control, attenuation or scheduling features to a room. In fact, smart light switches are often a better and cheaper option than smart bulbs, as they add smart functionality to cheap, “stupid” bulbs. And now that Amazon is selling smart contacts for under $ 20, I see no reason to keep buying smart bulbs.
As seen by Dan Wroclawski and reported by The edge, Amazon now sells four Basics Smart Switches. Customers can choose from a basic single-pole switch ($ 18), a single-pole dimming switch ($ 19), a basic three-way switch ($ 19), or if you’re crazy enough, a 3-way dimmer ($ 21).
I suggest you buy one of the switches with a built-in dimmer, although you can stick to the standard models if you just want to control the lighting of your home using schedules or voice commands.
However, there are a few drawbacks to these smart contacts. The biggest problem is that they require neutral wires that you will not find if you live in an old home or apartment. In addition, they only work with Alexa. (GE sells smart contacts that do not require a neutral cord, but they are about double the price of Amazon’s smart contacts.)
I would say it’s weird to see Amazon release an Alexa-only smart device right now. The company recently expressed its commitment to Matter, the universal standard for smart homes set to launch in 2022. Although I hope these smart switches will support Matter next year (which in turn will add Google Assistant and HomeKit support) , Amazon has not commented on the issue.
You can now order Amazon Basics Smart Switches for under $ 20. I also suggest you check out Amazon’s new smart thermostat, which is perhaps an even better deal than the new smart switches.
Source: Dan Wroclawski via The Verge